I wrote an article sometime back called Disappearing Object Phenomenon: Is it For Real and have been thinking about it ever since. Until that time, I didn’t know other people experienced this, and I simply thought I was absent minded–as a matter of fact, I wrote the article a bit tongue in cheek, but soon experienced something that changed my mind. I won’t repeat it here, but if you are interested in my experience you can read about that in my post Speaking of Disappearing Objects.
Several months ago, I lost the cover to my turkey roaster. I’ve looked everywhere–I’ve even emptied the drawers in case it could somehow fit under my other pans. I’ve looked outside on the off chance that I carried it outside with me when distracted. I haven’t found the roaster cover and it bothers me a bit. It’s too big to be accidentally thrown away, or slip behind other objects. And that’s what brings me back to my original article and experience.
I received a few responses to that article from people who wished to share their experiences and I thought I’d take a moment today to share them with you.
The first comes from an unidentified guest:
My pay as you go electric utility box went missing for three months. It’s about 6 by 8 inches, and was always plugged into a wall behind my roommates only couch.
One day no one could find the box. Not me, not my roommate, or even my girlfriend. We all looked on and off for three months in my small apartment. I personally lifted and moved the couch on two occasions to look for the box, but there was no utility box anywhere.
One day while my roommate was away on vacation for a week, I looked to the side of the couch–there on the floor, right next to it was our SRP box. My roommate even asked me where I found it when he came back.
I know that nobody hid it because we racked up a $150 debt thanks to it missing. And the fact that it appeared while I was home alone for a week also attests that no one could have placed it back.
I do believe this phenomena is not always human error. I am a strong believer of this DOP effect due to this experience of mine.
Ami’s account of her experience is a bit more invloved:
Very briefly, items have been mysteriously appearing and disappearing in our house for about 8 months. Strangely, neither of us has yet felt particularly threatened and have actually found the whole thing quite fun.
However, a few months ago, a CD case of mine that had disappeared about 7 months previously, suddenly reappeared again in an obscure part of the house. Only one of 5 original CD’s was inside. I checked that it was ok and put it back into the case and then put the case on the locker next to our bed. Next morning, the case was still there but the CD had been replaced with a blank, taken from another shelf in the same room.
This marked the start of a whole series of strange happenings and a ratchetting up of the frequency of these incidents. We’ve had pictures being moved around in the bedroom. We don’t physically see them move but when we enter the bedroom they have been moved from their original positions and have been placed on different walls.
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